The time has finally arrived! We have made it to Punta Areas and the reason for our trip…to see the adorable penguins! We heard that some had started to migrate and once they do they can leave the island very quickly. But what happened on this trip we could have never planned for!
We got up bright and early, made sure our camera was fully charged, and packed lots of warm gear. Once we disembarked we had to hop onto another ferry for a 2 hour ride. The boat would take us to one of Chile’s largest penguin colonies on Magdalena Island. The island was declared a natural monument in 1982, and is home to 1,000s of magellanic penguins!
☀️ Here we go. What a beautiful morning!
Almost 2 hours later but we can finally see the light house. We’re almost to Magdalena Island!
Getting ready to come ashore. 🙂
But what happened next? Our ferry got beached!
Our 1 hour excursion turned into 7 hours!
BUT we were surrounded with magellanic penguins! 🐧🐧🐧 We were free to go off and on the boat as much as we wanted as we waited for the tide to come in and help us break free! And because of our ferry situation, our boat, was the only one. We had the entire island to ourselves. Which was absolutely amazing!
And now we are off to explore!
We took so many pictures. Hiked up to the light house and had some great views of the island. It was a clear day but the winds were gusting. We went back onto the ferry to warm up and the crew made coffee and handed out drinks trying to keep the guests as comfortable as possible while we waited on the tide. So if above you didn’t get your fill of penguins pics… Here are a few more from one of the many journeys back on the island. It was definitely a penguin-loving photographer’s dream!
It was such a wonderful day. I love wildlife and being out in nature. Penguins are a favorite of mine and this was an awesome experience. 💗
On top of what my husband and I thought was an amazing adventure, the ferry did get stuck. This being completely out of the control of Norwegian Cruise Line they did a wonderful job at responding to the situation. They went completely above and beyond something that they could not control and we really surprised by such a fast response. Now that we are safely back to the ship it’s time to warm up while we keep on sailing.